1840 Black Map of Europe
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of europe. The map covers the continent in its entirety from the North Atlantic Ocean to the Caspian Sea and from the Arctic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, including Iceland. It shows the Austrian empire at its height, the many states of the German Confederacy, and a pre Garibaldi Italy split into numerous small duchies and states. It notes the legendary and semi-mythical whirlpool known as the Lofoten Maelstrom (Malstrom) in northwestern Norway. This map was created at a time in history that witnessed the unification of Italy and saw the British empire rise to its peak. It was also a time of decline for the Ottoman empire. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1840 (undated)
Source: Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
References: Rumsey 2305.012 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 11.5 in height x 16 inches in width (29.21 x 40.64 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.
Code: Europe-black-1840 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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